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videos of performances

Postby iron_bull » Fri Dec 16, 2005 8:47 pm

hi everyone i was just wondering if anyone knows of any videos of any of the rachmaninoff concertos being performed?i currently have a video of Kissin playing the cadenza of number 3, absolutely phenomenal. It would be amazing to see any other videos of something like this.

any response would be much appreciated.

Thanks again

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Postby Amphissa » Sun Dec 18, 2005 6:32 am

It is surprising to me that there are not more performances of Rachmaninoff's music recorded on video. You would think that the big studios could figure it out. Star pianist + Rachmaninoff = sales. Unfortunately, there are few to be found.

The video of the 3rd concerto by Vladimir Horowitz is among the best performances of this concerto ever recorded in any format. It compares favorably with the best on CD and LP. It was recorded in 1978 at Avery Fischer Hall with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta. Although the production values are not up to today's standards, still, it has good mono sound and interesting camera work. So far as I am aware, it has not yet made the transition to DVD, and the VHS is hard to find. Be careful to get a format (PAL or NTSC) compatible with your videotape player.

The best video of Rachmaninoff's 2nd concerto that I've run across is by Alexis Weissenberg with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan. This also dates from the 1970s, but it is available on DVD. This too is out of print, but sometimes you can find it used on Amazon and Ebay. The Japanese release of this DVD is coupled with Rostropovich playing Strauss's Don Quixote. I assume the European release was the same. An excellent DVD.

There is also a DVD of Arkadi Zenziper playing the 2nd concerto with the St. Petersburg State Orchestra conducted by V. Tschemuschenko. The performance is not as good as the Weissenberg, but the audio is better. It is coupled with a performance of Tchaikovsky's 5th symphony, which makes for a good DVD overall.

Unfortunately, these are all pretty hard to locate. But the Horowitz is especially worth the effort.

For an unusual novelty video, there is a DVD of the China International Piano Competition that includes 2 performances of the 3rd concerto. The big name used in marketing this video is Yundi Li, despite the fact that he did not win the competition. The performances are okay, but the audio quality is barely passable. It's nothing to get excited about.

Best of luck and happy hunting!
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Postby Amphissa » Mon Dec 26, 2005 8:59 pm

Addendum -

EMI has just released a DVD featuring Byron Janis playing Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini along with Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. The DVD is titled simply Byron Janis. I'm not aware of any other performance of the Rhapsody on video.
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Postby Amphissa » Sat Dec 31, 2005 1:40 am

Addendum #2 -

I had forgotten about the DVDs of the annual Van Cliburn competitions. The DVD of the 11th Competition features a performance of Rachmaninoff's 3rd concerto by gold medalist Olga Kern. This DVD has the title "The Cliburn: Playing on the Edge." Unlike some of the other video recordings I've mentioned, this one is actually reasonably easy to locate from various online retailers. The overall quality of performances at this competition was especially high. The top four finalists were all quite good.
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Postby morakeo » Sat Feb 18, 2006 6:32 am

There is also Argerich with Chailly playing the 3rd Concerto.

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Postby Amphissa » Mon Apr 24, 2006 7:49 am

morakeo wrote:There is also Argerich with Chailly playing the 3rd Concerto.


Yes, I just bought that one. Rather poor audio. Rather poor video. But it is a good performance.
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Postby morakeo » Sun Dec 24, 2006 4:30 pm

Is the one with Mehta good?

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Postby rachfan » Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:27 pm

There are masses of performances of Rachmaninoff posted on YouTube.

Uneven quality but you'll find Horowitz, Gilels, Kissin, Lugansky, Freire, etc. etc. (and try Jung Lin).

Just google 'YouTube Rachmaninoff' and you can spend a day listening.......

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Postby rachfan » Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:33 pm

p.s. The Horowitz/Mehta performance (mentioned by Amphissa above) is included on YouTube - you won't get the best sound or picture quality but it is quite an experience!

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Postby RACHBOY » Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:32 am

Tell us why you like this performance!

rachfan wrote:p.s. The Horowitz/Mehta performance (mentioned by Amphissa above) is included on YouTube - you won't get the best sound or picture quality but it is quite an experience!

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Postby morakeo » Sun Jul 08, 2007 8:58 pm

I saw it on youtube... Not bad 8) hehe...

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Postby mikhailp » Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:33 am

We should have a Rachmaninoff Society Concerto Piano Competition! and the videos that we'll record there will be just a bonus :)

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Postby RACHBOY » Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:40 am

If you can, set it up! A Rachmaninoff Prize would be great

mikhailp wrote:We should have a Rachmaninoff Society Concerto Piano Competition! and the videos that we'll record there will be just a bonus :)

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Postby mikhailp » Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:02 pm

international rachmaninoff society competition? o0o :wink:

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Postby Black_N°_1 » Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:43 am

If you would be interested: http://www.cmireb.be/en/

This is the website from the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition. If you click on "streaming" on the right side, you can watch every final performance, including 4 times Rachmaninoff's Third Concerto (Hong-Chun Youn, Hyo-Sun Lim, Ilya Rashkovskiy and Stanislav Khegay). Every performance starts with a sonata, followed by the compulsory concerto. It ends with the Rachmaninov concerto. Ilya Rashkovskiy's version is a very good one. The others were a bit too nervous. Rashkovskiy won the 4th price.

The others played concerto's from Brahms (n°2), Prokofiev (1 time n°2 and 2 times n°3), Tchaikovsky (n°1), Chopin (n°1) Beethoven (n°5) and Liszt (n°2). Anna Vinitskaya won the competition, playing an extraordinary Prokofiev n°2.


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